Centre for Internet & Society

We undertake policy-focused, applied, and academic research on topics at the intersection of internet and society, and driven by concerns of digital rights and public interest. Our teams are based in Bangalore and Delhi.


Sunil Abraham

Sunil Abraham

Sunil is the Executive Director of CIS. He is also a social entrepreneur and Free Software advocate. He founded Mahiti in 1998 which aims to reduce the cost and complexity of Information and Communication Technology for the Voluntary Sector by using Free Software. Today, Mahiti employs more than 50 engineers and Sunil continues to serve on the board as a board member. Sunil was elected an Ashoka fellow in 1999 to 'explore the democratic potential of the Internet' and was granted a Sarai FLOSS fellowship in 2003. Between June 2004 and June 2007, he managed the International Open Source Network, a project of the UNDP's Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme serving 42 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Between September 2007 and June 2008, he also managed ENRAP, an electronic network of International Fund for Agricultural Development projects in the Asia-Pacific facilitated and co-funded by  International Development Research Centre, Canada.

Sunil is the co-author for the following publications:

Read Sunil's detailed resume here.

Email: [email protected].

Phone: +91 96111 00817

Elonnai Hickok


Elonnai is Chief Operating Officer at the CIS. Elonnai has graduated from the University of Toronto where she studied international development and political science. Elonnai leads the privacy, surveillance, and big data work at the Centre and has also written extensively on issues pertaining to intermediary liability, digital rights, identity, cyber security and DNA profiling. Elonnai has also worked as a consultant with the Open Society Foundations and with the Ranking Digital Rights project.

Her publications include:

Swaraj Paul Barooah

Sumandro Chattapadhyay

Sumandro Chattapadhyay

Research Director at the CIS, I lead and contribute to academic, creative, and policy research across topics of access to knowledge and openness, ICTs for development and data governance, and digital economy and labour. My academic interest lies in new media, history of computing, and political economy. My core policy research focuses on (open) data and digital economy. I am also keenly interested in computational techniques in arts, humanities, and social research, and methodological questions thereof.

I studied economics in Visva-Bharati, Shantiniketan, and in Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. I was a member of the founding team at the MOD Institute, Bangalore; led a data analysis and visualisation project at the Azim Premji University, Bangalore; and was a Research Associate at the Sarai programme, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.

Policy Officers

Shweta Mohandas

Shweta Mohandas

Shweta is a Policy Officer at CIS Her work at CIS is primarily on Artificial Intelligence specially on India’s AI policies. Her areas of interest include intellectual property rights and privacy. She has an LLM in Public International Law.

Akriti Bopanna


Akriti is a Policy Officer at CIS. Her work at CIS is primarily centred on Internet Governance (Freedom of Expression) research.

Pranav M. Bidare

Aayush Rathi

Gurshabad Grover


Gurshabad is a Policy Officer at CIS. He interested in policy challenges in Internet Governance, online freedom of expression, and advancing human rights considerations in standards bodies such as the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

Arindrajit Basu

Khetrimayum Monish Singh

Khetrimayum Monish Singh - Photograph

Khetrimayum Monish Singh is a Programme Officer at the CIS. He works on data governance and is interested in questions around data-driven community experiences and practices, specifically with regard to access, security, and identity. He has submitted his doctoral thesis at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Harsh Bajpai

Harsh Bajpai

I am a Policy Officer in CIS and work from New Delhi. I am presently working on Future of Work and Industry 4.0 which is one of the interest areas of mine. My other areas of interests include National Security, Traditional Knowledge (within Intellectual Property Law) and Intersection of Terrorism and Technology. I have done my bachelors in Business Administration and Law from Symbiosis International University and masters in International and Comparative Law from George Washington University. Further on, I was one of the LAMP fellow in the batch of 2017-18.


Ambika Tandon

Ambika Ambika is a Policy Officer at CIS, working on gender-based research in areas such as the future of work, privacy, and feminist research methodology.

Saumyaa Naidu

Saumyaa works as a designer and researcher. She creates visualisations and infographics to communicate research produced at CIS. She also works on critically examining the role of design in digital products and services, and in applying design for issues such as privacy, security, access to knowledge, and accessibility. While working for a graphic design studio, she was involved in creating information maps for historical monuments in Delhi. She is a Communication Design graduate from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi, and has a master’s degree in Social Design from Ambedkar University Delhi. Her interests include design history, design criticism, and cultural studies.

E-mail: [email protected]

Senior Programme Managers

Amber Sinha

Amber S

Amber is a Senior Programme Manager at the CIS. He works on issues surrounding privacy, big data, and cyber security. Amber is interested in the impact of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and learning algorithms on existing legal frameworks, and how they need to evolve in response. He has studied humanities and law at National Law School of India University, Bangalore.

E-mail: [email protected].

Twitter: @ambersinha07.

Anubha Sinha


Anubha is a Senior Programme Manager at the CIS. She works primarily on the Pervasive Technologies Project, and on other issues involving intellectual property law and openness. She regularly contributes to the SpicyIP blog and was trained as a lawyer at Dr. RML National Law University, Lucknow.

Programme Manager

P.P. Sneha

Sneha is the Programme Manager of the [email protected] ([email protected]) programme at the CIS. Her training is in Humanities, and she has previously worked in the field of higher education. She is presently engaged with a project on mapping the emergent field of Digital Humanities in India, and is also interested in questions on the nature of textuality, reading and writing practices in the digital sphere.

Financial Advisor

Karthik Krishnan

Finance Manager

Qutub Mohammed

Administrator and Office Assistants

Ajoy Kumar

Ajoy Kumar

Ajoy is an Administrator at the CIS. He manages all the events organised by CIS including hotel and travel bookings, does the liasoning with government offices and Members of Parliament, etc. Ajoy also works as a part-time lawyer doing property documentation.

Read Ajoy's detailed resume.

Email: [email protected].

Velankanni Royson

Velankanni Royson
Royson is the Office Assistant in the Bangalore office. He assists the administration department in organising events, takes videos of the events, uploads them to the CIS website, Blip TV, YouTube, etc.


Nima Lama

Finance Officers

K.N. Medini

K.N. Medini

Medini is a Senior Accounts Officer at the Centre for Internet and Society. Medini began her work as an accountant in 1992. After completing her Bachelors in Commerce from Andhra Pradesh S V University, she procured a Diploma in Accounts and began working with a Chartered Accountant to learn the ropes of her profession. For the past fifteen years she has worked with Chartered Accountants, companies and NGOs in handling company and organisation’s accounts. In 2003, she joined the Accounts team of Partners in Child Development, an EveryChild partner. In 2004, she joined EveryChild India as the Head Office Accountant. Since then she has been managing the organisation’s accounts and streamlining into handling the organisation’s partners project accounts. Having been with EveryChild India since its inception, Medini has seen the organisation grow from infancy into adulthood. A mother of two, Medini loves to play with her children and make handicraft items in her free time.

Email: [email protected]

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